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  • With so much music to enjoy, it can be daunting to browse the entire classical music catalog.

  • Sure, there's the obvious choices,

  • there's the music you recognize from commercials,

  • and then there's the really good stuff.

  • So, how can we sort through all of this

  • to find the music we'll love?

  • Having a guide and knowing your tastes really helps.

  • ("24 Preludes, Op 28, No. 3" by Chopin)

  • It's so easy to take music for granted these days.

  • The full ecosystem of music is available to stream anywhere,

  • which has allowed our relationship

  • to music to become very casual.

  • So it can be hard to remember

  • that for the majority of history,

  • music was an event, not a commodity.

  • Part of what distinguishes classical music

  • is the venue it was written for.

  • The theater, the ballroom, the royal court.

  • To modern listeners it's important

  • to meet the music where it lives.

  • You should develop a patience when listening,

  • the same way any long-seated performance would ask of you.

  • Now, listening to classical music

  • doesn't require disciplined attention,

  • but it certainly helps.

  • Many people use classical music

  • to study or to fall asleep, which is wonderful,

  • but that's not ideal for engaged listening.

  • I found that doing laundry or the dishes

  • while listening helps a ton with fidgetiness

  • as long as it keeps your hands busy

  • and doesn't require much thought.

  • The afternoon commute is another great opportunity

  • for engaged listening, on the train or in the car.

  • You might be able to tell this is anywhere

  • you would listen to a podcast.

  • The 19th century gave rise to a plethora

  • of music innovations and talent

  • during what we call the Romantic Period.

  • There's dozens of schools and styles that gained popularity

  • and influence across the world at this time.

  • There is so much music to choose from,

  • it can become quite overwhelming.

  • So, a helpful measure for finding music

  • that speaks to you is to search by instrumentation.

  • If you enjoy a delicate piano piece,

  • you probably won't stray far from Paris

  • and the likes of Chopin and Liszt.

  • If you love big sound and epic drama

  • you'll probably be happier listening to the giants of opera,

  • Wagner, Verdi and Puccini.

  • If strings make your heart skip a beat,

  • then the try the work of Paganini, Vivaldi, or Sibelius.

  • With 600 plus years of musical tradition,

  • there is literally something for everyone

  • and just as with pop music, soak in what you love,

  • and explore outward from there.

  • One composer that can be loved by almost anyone

  • is Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

  • He composed the most famous ballets,

  • Swan Lake, the Nutcracker.

  • He also wrote extensively for orchestra,

  • piano and so much more.

  • This particular piece that I enjoy

  • is a Serenade for Strings, Op. 48, II in C Major.

  • A serenade is not a musical structure,

  • it's more like a genre.

  • Serenades are lighthearted love songs

  • often played in ballrooms.

  • This serenade is a waltz, a dance in triple time,

  • one, two, three, one, two, three.

  • Listen to how the strings ebb and protract

  • in these transitions, giving a beautiful lightness

  • to the dance.

  • We are so lucky to have all of this musical history

  • at our fingertips just waiting to be explored.

  • If you're in the mood, check out our

  • Lifehacker Spotify playlist for a starter pack

  • of excellent Romantic pieces.

  • ("The Nutcracker: Valse des fleurs" by Tchaikovsky)

With so much music to enjoy, it can be daunting to browse the entire classical music catalog.

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    Jessieeee posted on 2019/04/09
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